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TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12.1.15 

Every time I receive my property tax bill for the December payment, I think: Really? Isn't there a better time of the year to remind property owners that taxes are due on Dec. 21 -- four days before Christmas? Many, of course, don't have money...

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Witness rescues duct-taped woman

In a report by Taylor Viydo of KREM 2, a man describes finding a duct-taped female in the middle of Highway 53, near Hidden Valley Road/Rathdrum. Three Coeur d'Alene residents are accused of abducting the 25YO woman from a Spokane supermarket and later assaulting her. She escaped days later. The three suspects are in custody.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 10 

The Cutline Contest today features North Korean school girls paying respect to a mural of the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung before sweeping the area around the mural earlier today. Monday's Winner -- DFO.

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For those keeping score at home ... 

... Brock Osweiler, 25, the new QB for the Denver Broncos, was born in Coeur d'Alene on Nov 22, 1990. An ESPN story reports: "After a 43-month stint as understudy, with just 54 regular-season pass attempts before this season, Osweiler has thrown for 250 and…

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Crapo mum re: GOPrez nominee race 

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has plenty of opinions about President Obama, the economy and what a Republican president needs to do to fix the problems both home and abroad. But Crapo clams up when asked who he thinks should be occupying the White House, and who can defeat Hillary Clinton in next year’s presidential election.

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In this Nov. 9, 2014 file photo, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg arrive at the 2nd Annual Breakthrough Prize Award Ceremony at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. Zuckerberg and his physician wife, Chan, are expecting a baby. (Photo by Peter Barreras]/Invision/AP, File)

Zuckerbergs to donate wealth to causes 28 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced the birth of their daughter, Max, as well as plans to donate most of their wealth, or roughly $45 billion, to a new organization that will tackle a broad range of the world’s ills. Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, gave birth last week to a baby girl.

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"Crazy news from Canada!," says ice climber Greg Boswell in a Nov. 30, 2015, Facebook post. "I got attacked by a grizzly bear last night and lived to tell the tale, and to make the three-hour descent and two-hour drive to the hospital. All stitched up now and on the mend. Here is a pic of me at the hospital (in Banff)." See Outdoors story below. (Greg Boswell / via Facebook)

HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.1.15 

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Advent/Slight Detour, The kindness season/Simple Mind, Bonds of love & remembrance/War Bonds, Is this a great country or what?/Fort Boise, First Take: Deputies named/Randy Stapilus, Binge watch preview: 'Transparent'/7 Blog, Grizzly bear attacks ice climber in Banff/Outdoors.

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A random act of kindness 

I forgot to mention that walking partner Greg & I spotted a random act of kindness during our noon walk along the waterfront Monday. Along West Lakeshore Drive, we spotted 4 knitted beanies tied to the metal wheelchair ramp going down to North Idaho College Beach. Notes were attached informing anyone who needed a beanie to take one.

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Stats: 47% of homes cellphone only 13 

New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Tuesday found 47 percent of homes only use cellphones and do not have a landline phone. That is about 5 percentage points higher than homes that use both wireless and landline phones, which still represent 41 percent of households.

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HucksOnline nears page-view mark 

As we round the far turn together and head for the new year, I decided to see where Huckleberries Online stood re: this blog's page-view record, which was set in 2014 -- 2,627,127. We're sitting at 2,584,982 page-views going into today, about 42,000 short of the record. That should be achieved within a week.

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PParenthood files to Idaho suits 

Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn two recently passed Idaho laws that ban women from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest in a lawsuit filed Tuesday says that the laws create an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

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AM Headlines -- 12.1.15

AM Headlines for Tuesday includes: Lawmakers review solar energy proposal/EOBoise, Trees should be checked for storm damage/KXLY 4, Poachers leave headless elk near Council/Twin Falls Times News, Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion laws/Twin Falls Times News, Only fraction of Columbia sockeye reach destination/Outdoors ...

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Poll: Climate change important 37 

In the Monday poll, a solid majority of Hucks Nation said the issue of climate change is important. Today's Poll: Should $2.5M in urban renewal money be used to help build a joint student services facility for 3 colleges at the Education Corridor?

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Best coffee venues + product? 

The atmosphere at a coffee shop is as important to me as the coffee served. I want to hobnob with a friend(s) in a comfortable and welcoming setting. I prefer Riverstone Starbucks as a corporate venue. And I'm becoming fond of the Grumpy Monkey at 4th Street and I-90 and Bakery by the Lake for a locally owned setting. Which shop do you prefer?

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Rancher's death weighs on deputy

One of the sheriff’s deputies involved in the shooting death of an Adams County rancher on Nov. 1 told his father that he believes his actions that night were justified — and that “God never intended for man to kill another man.” “This weighs upon him, even believing he did the right thing,” Eagle resident Steve Wood said of his son, Brian.

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2nd quake hits Lake Pend Oreille 12 

Bonner County officials confirmed a 2.6 earthquake hit near Sandpoint on Monday around 7:00 a.m., according to KREM 2. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter was at Lake Pend Oreille. A 3.4 earthquake hit the same spot on Nov. 23rd, a week before.

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Regan wants refugee resolution 19 

Kootenai County commissioners are considering a resolution that assures, if Syrian refugees resettle here, the federal government sends money to alleviate possible local financial burdens. The proposed resolution was brought to the commissioners on Monday by Coeur d'Alene resident Brent Regan.

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Op-Ed: We should bury power lines 15 

Jamie Tobias Neely, associate professor of journalism at EWU, says the wind blows hard in her native South Dakota. But it doesn't cause the problems that Wind Storm 2015 does. Why? The brain trust in South Dakota wisely bury their power lines. That prevents the dangerous conditions that occurred in the Inland Northwest from happening again.

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Jim Morrison, shown with his book Nov. 19, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer 12 years ago. The heating contractor was determined to beat it and has been in remission for nine years. He now works with cancer groups, churches and individual cancer patients. (Jesse Tinsley / Spokesman-Review)

Cancer survivor publishes book

Jim Morrison, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer 12 years ago. The heating contractor was determined to beat it and has been in remission for nine years. He now works with cancer groups, churches and individual cancer patients. He has self-published a book re: his experience: "To See Another Sunset."

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